The tenancy deposit scheme was recently introduced in the UK - but the government needs to do more to protect people renting flats, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents (Arla).

Ahead of next month's Budget speech, which will be announced by chancellor Alistair Darling on April 22nd, the professional body for letting firms will outline the best ways politicians can offer protection.

It may provide those who have signed tenancy agreements with more help in the event of a landlord defaulting on his or her mortgage repayments.

Arla operations manager Ian Potter said: "One realistic solution would be for the government to insist that local authorities take more action on the use of empty dwelling management orders to ensure that better utilisation is made of the housing stock in the country."

His comments follow proposals from the Conservatives, which claimed to help tenants in repossession cases.

Mr Potter said that the Tories' plan highlighted politicians' ignorance of the rental sector.
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